War Horse Features Lifelike Puppets
by Rachel Skytta, Reporter
September 04, 2013 6:29 PM
The award winning play "War Horse" is gearing up to kick off a national tour in Sioux Falls tomorrow. While most plays feature human actors in leading roles, War Horse features some more impressive stars, the horses.
They're made of cane, cloth, and they require three puppeteers to function. However, these unbelievably lifelike pupptes resemble real horses.
"In a weird way it's kind of like working with the real anumal," said Associate Puppet Director, Matt Acheson.
"The level of detail that the puppeteers have put on to these horses...it engages the audience's mind in a different way that they're actually making more of the horses."
Acheson says audience members become so invested and commited to the story of the horses, that they don't even see the puppeteers.
Sioux Falls native Corey Krolikowski is the former head carpenter for the War Horse national tour. After traveling around the country with the production, he's happy to be back in his hometown.
"They're sort of surprised by ho wmuch they fall in love with the animals, and how the three puppeteers that they see on stage sort of go away," said Krolokowski.
That's when it's clear that the horses are the true stars of the show.
War Horse will be showing at the Washington Pavilion September fifth and sixth. For ticket information, visit washingtonpavilion.org.